At the topograph in Waun-y-Llyn Country Park.
A "Tie Tree" - the first that I have ever seen!
Looking across the quarry toward Waun-y-Llyn.
At the trig point in Waun-y-Llyn Country Park - point where the wind was at its strongest.
or is Sue saying
"Why am I here?
Roger doesn't look that happy either!
The trig point on Hope Mountain - will I ever get there?
Good to see St. Michael's Church, Llanfynydd. is still being used.
The Southern entrance to Wood Pitt Nature Reserve.
Lunch along the old railway track in Wood Pitt Nature Reserve.
Rainbow over the Railway Inn at Pontybodkin.
Walk stats: 5.0 miles. Climb: 1001'.
Time: 2 hours 55 minutes. On the move walking average; 2.3 m.p.h (2.6 m.p.h. on my newest GPS. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Sue and Michel.
This wasn't a day where walking in warm sunshine was very likely., showers were the best we could expect, not cold (shorts temperatures really), but winds gusting to over 30 m.p.h. forecast.
We set off towards Waun-y-Llyn Country Park with a sort of dampness in the air, but anything we could really call rain. However as we entered Waun-y-Llyn Country Park, it was now raining, enough to put rain drops on the lens of my camera which can't be removed satisfactorily even with appropriate it software!
Crossing the ridge through Waun-y-Llyn Country Park, we should have had our best distant views, but today rain clouds got in the way.
Between Waun-y-Llyn Country Park toposcope ant trig point we came across a tree adorned with several ties - was this a way that escaped classroom teachers celebrated not needing to ever wear a tie unless they actually wanted to do so?
Although it wasn't too unpleasant, the persistent rain as the main reason why we decided to shorten the walk and one or two short cuts were taken.
As we entered Wood Pitt Nature Reserve we anticipated having lunch back at the car, but part way along we located a suitable bench, just at it stopped raining. Happily we stopped to enjoy our lunch the great outdoors. Initially I sat in my short sleeve shirt, but after about 15 minutes I had to put my waterproof back on as it had started to rain again.
As we arrived back at the car park at Coed-Talon/Pontybodkin a rainbow appeared over the Railway Inn, but this wasn't enough to encourage us to extend the walk further - refreshments at the Bridge Inn seemed a much better idea, especially we weknew it would have a real fire!
Weetwood Best Bitter was the only real ale on offer, but went down well as we cooked around the fire.
Not many birds seen or heard today, but those we did include: Goldfinch, House sparrow, Woodpigeon and Common blackbird.
Checking my e-mails when I got home, good news from David S, he has been given the go ahead to resume walking and hopes to join us on the walk next Wednesday.